Plasmatics (US punk/metal band)

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The Plasmatics were an American punk rock band formed by Yale University art school graduate Rod Swenson with Wendy O. Williams. The band was a controversial group known for wild live shows that broke countless taboos. In addition to chainsawing guitars, blowing up speaker cabinets and sledgehammering television sets, Williams and the Plasmatics blew up automobiles live on stage. Williams was arrested in Milwaukee by the Milwaukee police before being charged with public indecency.

The Plasmatics' career spanned five studio albums, and multiple EPs. The band was composed of vocalist/front person Wendy O. Williams and various other musicians rotated behind her over time. Aside from Wendy and manager Rod Swenson, guitarist Wes Beech was the only other permanent member of the group. Guitarist Richie Stotts was a co-founder of the band and a mainstay of the pre-breakup core group (1978–1983). After the breakup of the band following the release of Coup d'Etat, Richie was edited out of band videos and not referred to by name in a 2006 compilation DVD released by Plasmatics Media LLC (via

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 New Hope for the Wretched Plasmatics 5
1981 Beyond the Valley of 1984 Plasmatics 2
1982 Coup d'État Plasmatics 3
1987 Maggots: The Record Wendy O. Williams / Plasmatics 2
2002 Coup De Grace Plasmatics 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 New Hope for the Wretched / Metal Priestess Plasmatics 1
2002 Final Days: Anthems for the Apocalypse Plasmatics 1
2002 Put Your Love in Me: Love Songs for the Apocalypse Plasmatics 1
Beyond the Valley of 1984 / Metal Priestess Plasmatics 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Dream Lover Plasmatics 1
1979 Meet The Plasmatics Plasmatics 1
1980 Butcher Baby Plasmatics 1
1980 Monkey Suit Plasmatics 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Metal Priestess Plasmatics 1

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